PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia University at Parkersburg is celebrating the opening of a newly renovated center for its culinary arts program.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center for the Culinary Academy program in downtown Parkersburg is set for today.
The center includes a commercial kitchen and a small bistro area for students to prepare and serve gourmet meals.
Program coordinator Gene Evans says the center also will collaborate with the new diversified agriculture program to use fresh, local produce in the culinary facility.
Officials say the program combines both traditional classroom and online courses on cooking and provides students with a local and more affordable option for culinary arts education.
Students enrolled in the program can seek a one-year certificate or a two-year associate's degree. Classes begin in March.